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Jul 1, 2013

The Return of First Quilts on the First: Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew

Jul 1, 2013
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It's the return of First Quilts on the First!!!  It's been a long time since we've had one of these features. In the spring, I asked for suggestions on Who's First Quilt you would like to see.  I am working on getting some of your favorite quilters lined up and am still taking requests too.  Let me know of any guests you'd like to see.

We're kicking off the return of this series with Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.  Allison has a fresh and clean style, and has a great line of patterns - many of which are geared toward beginners.  She also has her debut fabric line with Windham Fabrics coming out in September called Wallflowers.  Super cute!  Let's hear about her First....



Thanks for having me here to share my first quilt AnneMarie!  I started quilting about 6 years ago.  On a shopping trip to Walmart I saw the cover of Quilts n’ More with a snowball quilt made with Katie Jump Rope fabrics.  I was in love.  So I bought the magazine, and took it to my Mom in hopes she’d  teach me to quilt.  I’d made a few things but never had an interest in quilting….so I think she was as surprised as I was.  We tracked down the fabrics at a local quilt shop and we got to work. 

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She showed me some tips and tricks, and I whipped my first quilt top out in a couple of days.  I couldn’t do anything else but sew until it was done…I was obsessed with it!  I had no idea I wasn’t using a 1/4" foot to piece until a year or more later…and I had no idea that I should have been using a walking foot for quilting and binding…so it was some trial and error at the beginning.

The top was done and sent to a friend to long arm quilt.  It turned out fabulous, and it was fuel for the fire to start more projects.   The only thing I didn’t love is the cost of professional quilting…yikes!

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Shortly after that I checked out some books, and discovered a couple of quilting sites.  I learned bits here and there and taught myself how to free motion quilt.   The first quilt I free motion quilted was my orange quilt:

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Now making quilts is part of my life.  My kids are used to the sound of my sewing machine and even though I have 3 kids now, I’ve managed to fit in a little quilting throughout my day.   Some days I don’t ever see my sewing machine, and other days I can whip out a quilt top.  It’s a balance, but I love it.

Scrappy Summer Top

Dixie Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I’ve learned  a lot over the years for sure…but that’s what "firsts" are for!  I’m much more confident now and much less scared about messing up…now if I mess up it’s OK and I move on.  The best advice I got when starting is to "start simple" and it still holds true!  If you start simple and you're successful, you’ll be much more likely to want to try again.  Happy Quilting! 
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7 comments:

  1. That quilt is way too fabulous to be a "first quilt." :)

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  2. Love everything Al had made so far and I am looking forward to many more years of inspired projects!!!

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  3. I love everything she does! Great post.

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  4. Great feature! Will be looking forward to it. Awesome quilt. Love that orange one!

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  5. I wish my first quilt turned out that good! Allison is so right...confidence comes easier with each quilt.

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  6. So happy to read your first on the first series again. I love Cluck Cluck Sew and that is one blog I always drool over!

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  7. Oh my goodness Allison, I love the last quilt. Do you have a pattern for that last one in your shop? I just love your blog! It was one of the first ones that I have ever stumbled upon and I do just love it!

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